It seems crazy when you think how many different messaging apps are out there. iMessage, Viber, Whatsapp are just a few of the most popular ones. And this is all in addition to old fashioned text messaging. So, is there really space for another app to stay in contact with friends and family?
Kik is one such service that has been around since 2010 and has gained about 300 million users so far. While that might sound like a larger number, it’s actually quite small compared to others out there.
If you’re an iOS or Android user then you can get the app in a matter of seconds and register a free account. But there is no app available for Windows mobile or any desktop operating systems. This is a big pain to be so restricted.
And you probably don’t want to go out to buy a new phone just to have Kik.
Fortunately, there is a simple solution that you can install for free on your computer. With just a few simple instructions you’ll be up and running in a matter of minutes. And you don’t need some advanced computing degree to do it.
So, let’s dive right into the details and see how easy it really is. You’ll also learn a bit more about the app further down which you can read while the download and installer is running.
Kik messenger for PC as a standalone application is not available. This has been a common trend for many apps. And the annoying thing is that there is also no online service that you can use in a browser. So, if you don’t have an Android or iOS phone or tablet, then you can’t officially use it.
But even if you have such a phone, there are great advantages to using it on your desktop computer. We’ll take a look at some of those reasons further down. But first, let’s see how quickly we can get you set up.
Nox App Player:
- Download the latest Nox App Player and launch the installer
- Follow the simple onscreen instructions of the installer
- Once installation is complete you will be asked for you Google Account info
- If you enter this you will have the Google Play Store immediately available
- Launch Google Play and search for Kik messenger and install it
- If you already have an account then use that to get set up, or else register a new one.
- Download the latest Bluestacks installer and launch it
- Follow the simple on screen instructions to install it in your favored location
- Wait for the installer to complete before you’re ready to launch Bluestacks
- The Bluestacks app can be launched and there are two ways to get set up
- Search for Google Play apk and install it, or
- Use the search function to download the Kik apk directly
- Once the app is installed, you can launch it and log in with a free account
With these two emulator options you can get Kik for PC up and running in a matter of minutes. And the best thing is that you don’t even need to have an advanced computing degree. If you’ve installed software before then you’re more than qualified.
Bluestacks and Nox App Player are the two most popular and advanced Android emulators available. They are completely free to download and install. We generally recommend trying out both. They work in a very similar way and you can then decide which one suits you better.
In a section further down, you’ll find out more about how emulators work. But the important thing to understand is that they essentially mimic a mobile operating system, so that aps think they are running on a mobile device. It’s a neat trick that works for most apps.
What Is Kik Messenger All About?
Kik was created and developed by a Canadian company called Kik Interactive. It’s a mobile instant messaging system that uses Wi-Fi and mobile data connections to send and receive messages between its registered users.
However, the app is only available on mobile devices and to get Kik on PC computers requires the help of the above emulators.
The interface is really simple and is designed to make it as easy as possible to send text, image, graphic and video messages. Once you are connected to your friends through the Kik system it’s really easy to stay in touch.
Yu can even set up groups of friends to organize get-togethers and parties. You won’t miss a single comment as it’s always tracked in the history. So, even if you’re offline or asleep while others are chatting, you can still respond later.
One of the simplest ways to get others to connect with you is to share your unique Kik code. This is a QR code style graphic that you can just send on to others. They will then scan it and immediately get connected to you. It’s so much easier than trying to send on user IDs to set up.
One advantage of the service is the anonymity that it provides. However, this has also drawn a lot of criticism as many teenagers have been able to use the app for bullying tactics.
When you register with providers like Whatsapp and Viber your account is connected to your cell phone number. That means there is a trace back to you that makes you easily identifiable. Essentially you can always check who the sender really is.
With Kik, the use of your cell number is not required. You can be completely anonymous to other users. The service provider does monitor and track the IP addresses of users, so in legal situations you can still be traced. But individual users cannot say for sure who they are chatting with.
How Does It Compare To Other Chat Services?
In many ways, it is pretty much the same thing. You have a really simple chat window where speech bubble style graphics appear with text, graphics or images in them. This is a format that has been used ever since the first smartphones appeared. And it really is a proven user friendly experience.
There are two things that make it a bit different though. First of all, you won’t be able to connect to friends by simply searching for those registered with their phone numbers. That usually what you do in other apps like Viber. Instead you’ll have to get their Kik ID and enter that as a contact. It’s a bit of a nuisance, but at the same time there is a simple solution to this.
When you want to set up a connection with someone you can simply share your unique Kik code graphic. Others can then scan it and will immediately be set up to send you messages. It’s fast and easy and really means that you have a lot more flexibility to avoid sharing your cell phone number.
This is one piece of data that is not required for registration. And let’s face it, you don’t really want everyone you know to be able to call you. Some bit of privacy is OK to want. Kik gives you that option and at the same time you can still send text messages.
What Platforms Is It Available For?
So far, the app has only been made available on Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. That does cover the vast majority of the mobile device market, but at the same time not everyone wants to be tied to these two providers.
There are many people out there that prefer the Windows mobile platform and the way it integrates with their desktop computer and other services. Unfortunately, there is no sign that the developers will actually bring out a windows version.
And when it comes to running it on a desktop computer there is even less chance. But at least for such situations there is the simple and free solution of an emulator. Two of those options are listed with installation instructions above.
Overall, this is a very common trend in the mobile app world. Most developers will first release an iOS version. Then, if or when that looks like it’s a success they will create an Android version. After that, it’s the end of the road for most companies. Mainly because having another app developed for Windows simply doesn’t make much financial sense.
And with more and more people using mobile devices rather than desktop ones there is less of an incentive to develop desktop versions. At this stage, more than 50% of all web traffic is originating on mobile devices.
So, for the foreseeable future, you will be reliant on emulators for apps like Kik. At least it’s a free option that works for all your favorite apps.
Why Use Kik For PC?
First of all, you might still want to use the instant messenger, even if you don’t have an Android or Apple device. As mentioned above, those are the only two operating systems currently supported.
But there are other reasons as well. First of all, if you do a lot of work on your computer then it’s handy to be able to check for new messages without having to get your phone each time. Simply have the emulator running in the background and occasionally check it for new messages. It’s really the fastest and simplest way to do it.
But then there are also many people who have difficulty using a touch screen device. That could be down to having limited mobility in the hands or limited vision. On a small screen that can become a huge problem.
For such users, there are much better options available on laptop and desktop computers. There are specialty input devices and the screen size is much more favorable.
Without an Android emulator running on their computer they would be quickly excluded from some of the most popular apps games and chat services out there.
How Do Emulators Work?
Because there is no Kik download for PC you are forced to use an emulator. The two most popular ones are Bluestacks and Nox App Player. Installation instructions for these are listed above and you can be set up in just a few minutes.
But what is it exactly that an emulator does?
The easiest way to explain an emulator is to compare it to a virtual operating system. If you have a Mac or PC then it will run with either Mac OS or Windows. Within those operating systems, you can launch and run a system that mimics the Android platform.
It basically makes it look like your computer is actually a mobile device. Once that is done they will run their own operating systems platforms that look like it’s an Android device. And the result is that you can install all your favorite apps.
The best thing is that it’s completely free to install and use. And once you have done the set up once you will be able to install all your other apps as well. Essentially you can create a copy of your phone and use it directly on your PC. That is very convenient if you want quick access to apps while you are doing your work.
With Kik for Windows not being available now or in the future you only have two options. Either buy an iOS or Android mobile device or use an emulator. With the simple installation instructions above you can be up and running in a matter of minutes.
Both Bluestacks and Nox App Player will work perfectly fine. They are available for free and you don’t need any major IT skills to get it set up.
Kik is a great tool for staying in contact. And if you’re a Windows fan then you now have an option to get it set up. It will run directly from your desktop and work the same way as it does on a phone.